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Sandra’s CPU benchmarks usually reveal only base clock differences, yet EVGA’s 133.2 MHz inexplicably edges out faster boards. Meanwhile, Gigabyte’s even slower 132.9 MHz puts its H55M-USB3 at the bottom.
All nine motherboards were set to DDR3-1333 and 7-7-7-20 timings, yet all did not perform equally in Sandra Memory Bandwidth. A quick check with CPU-Z revealed that many of the boards ignored our CAS setting in favor of a slower, potentially more stable latency.